Definition of gentleness in English:



mass noun
  • 1The quality of being kind, tender, or mild-mannered.

    ‘Michael was admired for his gentleness and tolerance’
    ‘her gentleness of manner’
    • ‘He was attracted by the simplicity of the French poet, his love for genre subjects, his gentleness of spirit.’
    • ‘There's far too little gentleness in the world.’
    • ‘It was the middle of the tourist season, but it still had a calming effect and gentleness compared with the city they had just left.’
    • ‘Granted, his character is pathetic, although his hulky good looks and gentleness might have evoked a certain charm.’
    • ‘Its wisdom and gentleness were sorely needed in 1984, when the film was made.’
    • ‘He values his Jersey dairy herd for its gentleness, as well as the high butterfat and protein.’
    • ‘For all his gentleness, he does have a bit of bite from time to time.’
    • ‘His gentleness, diffidence, enthusiasm, his sense of fun, his quietly mocking spirit enslaved everyone.’
    • ‘We were lonely children—a little kindness and gentleness wouldn't have hurt our dancing.’
    • ‘He portrays a sensitivity and gentleness that few actors can accomplish so perfectly.’
    kindness, kindliness, tenderness, benignity, humaneness, humanity
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  • 2Softness of action or effect; lightness.

    ‘the gentleness of his touch’
    ‘the gentleness of diffused light’
    • ‘His work is suffused, for the most part, with a poetic gentleness.’
    • ‘The mildness and gentleness of the February sun is compared to a mother's scolding.’
    • ‘Keats evokes a feeling of drowsy calm with his long vowel sounds and sibilance, while Hardy's adjectives prolong the description, and add a gentleness to the scene.’
    • ‘Too few people appreciate the genious of the Constitution and the gentleness of economies that are in tune with natural market laws.’
    • ‘She is acclaimed for her "frightening" technical brilliance but also the gentleness of her finger work.’
    • ‘To their great credit, they have shown a gentleness of touch that dynasties aren't always known for.’
    • ‘Up and down the paved path, some of us walk energetically, seriously, our noses to the task, sweating even in the gentleness of post-dawn.’
    • ‘They are united in achieving an extremely rare, unsentimental, precisely controlled gentleness of touch.’
    • ‘They will eat you alive, call you a liar, and psychoanlayze you with all the gentleness of a meat cleaver.’
    • ‘Like the moon at night, you shine with a watchful and delicate beam of gentleness, which extinguishes the mischief and deceit used by the symbols of darkness.’
    1. 2.1 The state of having only gradual inclines.
      ‘the gentleness of the terrain’
      • ‘It's very safe to swim in because of the gentleness of the incline, and the total absence of urchins or other visible sea life.’
      • ‘I just love the countryside with the gentleness of the hills in September and the big rolling views.’
      • ‘He wrote in Canadian Interiors that "the gentleness of the terrain is echoed in his compositions."’
      • ‘The viewing terrace by the church takes in the rolling gentleness of the surrounding hills.’
      • ‘Her landscapes range from the gentleness of the rolling meadow to the drama and excitement of the Southwest bathed in light.’
  • 3archaic A courteous or chivalrous quality attributed to noble birth.

    ‘the gentleness of English civilization is mixed up with barbarities’
    • ‘It culminates in a bizarre footnoted dissertation on her father's gentleness of manners to all and sundry.’
    • ‘True gentleness depends on deeds rather than birth.’
    • ‘In his journeys through the class system, he stands up for gentleness.’
    • ‘The delicate light reinforces the gentleness and dignity of domestic life.’
    • ‘The cumulative effect of their choices is to bring a gentleness, or a gentility, to the story.’